Nov 7, 2018

OSHA Court Case Shows Limits on Safety Inspections

OSHA Safety Inspections

A recent ruling by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals could limit OSHA’s ability to search for other hazards when investigating an accident. Many employers have traditionally allowed OSHA inspectors to expand their inspection to areas in the workplace not directly related to the accident under investigation, leading them to identify other hazards that often result in additional penalties. However, a Georgia poultry plant challenged this practice when OSHA showed up to investigate an accident involving a worker being burned. An attorney for the chicken plant refused to allow the inspector to walk through the plant to examine the tools… Read more